Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland
Often such buildings constitute a piece of art in itself. They are architectural and engineering masterpieces. They are the haute couture of the construction industry. And they are often the most challenging buildings to build.
In this role Arts & Culture buildings create much more value than what is measurable. This fact is widely recognised and cities are increasingly investing in Arts & Culture buildings.
Ramboll pursue Arts & Culture buildings all over the world and work in close collaboration with leading architects and local partners worldwide.
London's Tate Modern gallery occupies a former oil-fired power station on the south bank of the River Thames, opposite St Paul's Cathedral. The huge brick building was constructed from 1947-1963 and is a Grade II listed structure. Immediately to the south are the switch house and three very large underground oil tanks, 8m deep and constructed in concrete. As part of a wider project known as The Tate Modern Project, we are working with architect Herzog & de Meuron on an extraordinary new building, currently known as Tate Modern II. The project includes the redevelopment of part of the switch house and close integration, both visually and physically, with the main building.
Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland was named the best building of the year 2011 by the leading Swedish magazine for Nordic architecture and design, FORM.
The 3D model created during the design phase was the largest in the world at the time, and was shared around the globe as different companies worked on it simultaneously. This concert hall and conference centre was designed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with Batteriið Architects. The south facade was developed in collaboration with the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Ramboll was responsible for all engineering works, and operated closely with every collaborator.
Officially opened on the 17th June 2016 the new Tate Modern extension is an iconic world-class addition to London’s skyline. The ground breaking Tate Modern extension pushes the boundaries of modern design and engineering. From its one-of-a-kind geometric structure to its striking brick façade, every facet of this building has been planned and engineered with staggering accuracy.
Harpa Concert and Conference Center has been hailed as a symbol of Iceland’s economic dynamism and has since it opened in 2011 hosted a range of world-class congresses and concerts. The concert and conference center is part of a larger master plan for the area around Reykjavik’s harbour, intended to attract tourists and artists. But the building is more than merely beautiful; however, it is also CO2-neutral, obtaining its energy from Iceland’s geothermal resources.